Argentina in detail

Argentina is known for


Gourmet restaurants, world-class museums, fine shopping, cutting-edge music and rocking nightlife all contribute toward satisfying your needed dose of big-city culture.

Buenos Aires Plan to spend several days exploring the world-class offerings of this unique and astounding metropolis.

Córdoba From Jesuit ruins to modern art to cuarteto music, you’ll experience it all in this historic city.

Salta Argentina's most colonial city boasts extraordinary culture, from museums to peñas with authentic folk music.

Bariloche Build your appetite skiing, hiking or white-water rafting, then dine on Patagonian lamb and artisan beer.

Ushuaia The world's southernmost city, stunningly located, is one to mark off your destination list.

Rosario Birthplace of Che and Messi, it's famed for innovative urban planning and friendly, party-loving locals.

Hiking & Mountaineering

Lining Argentina’s western edge like a bumpy spine, the Andes rise to nearly 7000m at Aconcagua’s peak and offer some of the continent’s finest hiking and mountaineering.

Bariloche With Swiss roots, Bariloche has outstanding hut-to-hut hiking; some huts even brew their own beer.

El Bolsón Drawing in hippies like patchouli, this laid-back town offers nearby hikes to forests, waterfalls and scenic ridges.

El Chaltén Argentina’s ground zero for premier hiking, boasting gorgeous glaciers, pristine lakes and unparalleled mountain landscapes.

Mendoza Mountaineers flock here to summit Cerro Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak.

Parque Nacional Lanín Dominated by the perfect cone of Volcán Lanín, it's one of Argentina’s most spectacular trekking challenges.

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine This exceptional Chilean park abuts the Argentine border, with some of the world's best hiking.


Ah, those waves lapping on the shore, salty wind on your face and warm sand between your toes. What says ‘vacation’ more than a day at the beach? Whether you’re looking for a party, adventure sports or isolation, Argentina has it.

Punta del Este This famous Uruguayan beach packs with wealthy Argentines, celebrities and models party-going in summer.

Necochea Kilometers of beachcombing, decent surf breakers and even a pine forest to explore.

Pinamar Popular destination with affordable neighborhoods and one of Argentina’s most exclusive beach resorts, Cariló.

Puerto Madryn Whether you like windsurfing, whale watching or diving, Puerto Madryn caters to your desires.

Mar del Plata Popular with Argentina’s middle class, ‘Mardel’ turns into the country’s biggest summertime party.


Argentina is known for its steak, but Buenos Aires peddles trends from afar, and there are tasty regional cuisines on offer around the country.

Buenos Aires Argentina's creative metropolis has exciting restaurants and many corner cafes to linger at over pastries.

Andean Northwest Welcome to the classic Andean palate: sample locro (spicy stew), humitas (sweet tamales) and empanadas.

Atlantic Coast Take advantage of the fresh fish, shrimp, oysters and king crab.

Bariloche The city with diverse dining, from wild game to fantastic fusion and locally made chocolates.

Patagonia In the land where sheep ranches reign supreme, barbecued lamb is a staple.

Mendoza Wine country adds gourmet outings – don't skip the five-course wine pairing lunches at scenic vineyards.

Memorable Landscapes

Argentina is made up of amazing landscapes, from cactus-filled deserts and lofty Andean peaks to deep-blue lakes and verdant forests. Throw in the wonders of Iguazú Falls and Patagonia, and the word ‘unforgettable’ comes to mind.

Andean Northwest Undulating desert landscapes are punctuated by cacti sentinels, alien rock formations and rainbow mountainsides.

Iguazú Falls Spanning more than 2.5km, these are the most incredible waterfalls you will ever see.

Lake District Argentina’s ‘little Switzerland’ is just that – snowdusted mountains looming over lakes edged by forest.

Andes Mountains Strung along the whole of South America, this spectacular mountain range is stunningly beautiful.

Patagonia Few places can evoke the mysticism, wonderment and yearning of Argentina’s last frontier.


Argentina’s environments translate into homes for many creatures, including flightless, grasslands-loving ñandú (rheas); majestic Andean condors and pumas; and desert-dwelling camelids such as llamas, guanacos and vicuñas.

Península Valdés This barren and beautiful peninsula attracts southern right whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and orcas.

Parque Esteros del Iberá These rich and amazing wetlands harbor capybaras, black caimans, howler monkeys and countless bird species.

Iguazú Falls A tropical rainforest with species of monkey, lizards and birds like toucans; also watch for coatis.

Ushuaia Colonies of cormorants, sea lions and penguins flank this stepping-off point to Antarctica.

El Chaltén While the seldom-seen huemul deer can be evasive, sightings here have increased.

Parque Nacional Patagonia Under severe threat, the maca tobiana frequents tiny mesta lagoons found only here.

Wine Tasting

Malbec is the dark, robust, plum-flavored wine that has solidly stamped the region of Mendoza on every oenophile’s map. But Argentina has other worthy varietals: try a fresh torrontés, fruity bonarda or earthy pinot noir.

Mendoza Argentina’s powerhouse wine region; produces the majority of the country’s grapes and boasts countless wineries.

San Juan With exceptional syrah and bonarda varieties; this lesser-known region also boasts a winery in a cave.

Cafayate This lovely town is famed for the torrontés grape, now trending with unoaked, drier varieties.

Neuquén Taste the splendid results of some of Argentina’s southernmost wine production outside this city.

Colonial Architecture

While Argentina isn’t world-renowned for its unique buildings, its status as an ex-Spanish colony means there are some fine examples of colonial architecture to be found, especially to the north.

Córdoba Argentina’s second-largest city boasts a beautiful center dotted with dozens of colonial buildings.

Salta Don't miss this city's most striking landmark, the colorful and intricate Iglesia San Francisco.

Buenos Aires With a neoclassical downtown, hit San Telmo for colonial buildings and cobblestone streets.

Colonia del Sacramento An easy boat ride away from BA lies Uruguay’s architectural gem of a town, popularly called 'Colonia.'

Humahuaca This picturesque valley town is the perfect base for exploring the region's other wonders.

Adventure Sports

The eighth-largest country in the world, Argentina covers a lot of ground and offers plenty of adventurous sports. Wild rivers, bare cliffs, snowy mountains and high thermals abound, so if you’re looking for some adrenaline, you’ve found it.

Skiing and snowboarding Hit Mendoza’s Las Leñas and Los Penitentes, Bariloche’s Cerro Catedral and San Martín de los Andes’ Cerro Chapelco.

Rafting and kayaking Hit the pristine white waters rushing through the mountains around Mendoza, Bariloche and Esquel.

Mountain biking The mountains around Bariloche are great for adventurous trails, especially at Cerro Catedral in summer.

Rock climbing Try Cerro Catedral, the rocky walls around El Chaltén and the granite boulders of Los Gigantes.

Paragliding Some of the loftiest spots are around La Cumbre, Bariloche and Tucumán.